ireland, the last little bit (part 2 of 2)

So, it seems a little strange for my first post in 2017 to be about a trip I took in October of last year. But hear me out:

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My overarching resolution in 2017 is to better manage my anxiety. Last year, I didn’t spend enough any time thinking about what may or may not be making me anxious, or what I could do to get a hold of it. I had an incredible year of travel and adventures last year, don’t get me wrong, but I also consistently felt like I was running around trying to get to the next thing. I wasn’t sleeping, and a handful of times I’d suddenly start feeling sad or like there was this big lump in my throat/chest — all seemingly for no reason. I was also sick more times last year that I think I’ve been in my entire life combined. Clearly, my body was trying to tell me something.

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I’ve always loved writing and this year I want to do more of it. Last year, I found myself wanting to write but not being able to sit down and actual do it thinking that everything had to take an hour. It doesn’t! One of the things I plan on doing to manage my anxiety this year is to learn to let stuff go. Everything I write doesn’t have to be perfect, and it doesn’t have to take an hour. Even just sitting down for 5 minutes a day to write down my thoughts about anything — work, travel, what I want to make this year, how I’m turning 30 this year and freaking out a little, etc.

I’ll obviously be focusing on things outside of writing to manage all of this, but it’s a major one I’ll be focusing on.

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ANYWAY. Getting back to how this related to Ireland…

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I’ve been meaning to write this post for 2 months and I’m finally biting the bullet and just doing it. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just needs to get done. From here on out I’m focusing on writing in real time, but this trip from 2016 was one trip of a lifetime. I’m obsessed with Ireland’s hills and greenery, but even more so with how kind the Irish were. I feel like I say this about every place I’ve been, but I’m already thinking about when I can go back.

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Driving through beautiful Connemarra National Park

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We were told to get fish and chips in Dingle, a little fishing town on the Western coast. It did NOT disappoint!

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Learning all about Irish Whiskey at Tullamore D.E.W. (still not a fan, but super interesting)
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Irish coffees: all day, every day

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Kimmy and I having a proper tea at Cupan Tae in Gallway
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Castles, castles — everywhere

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Kissed the Blarney Stone! Super gross, but I had to do it 😉

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Until next time, Ireland!

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